Road Diaries: Waking up in 2020
From her home on wheels in a canyon, EO road columnist Sasha McGhee looks back on the pandemic and how the nation is confronting racism and sees hurdles and hope.
It wouldn’t feel right to start this column without addressing just how overwhelming 2020 has been for us all. Not even vanlife could shield us from this shit storm. We were in Florida, having been in our van for almost three months when we first got word that SXSW was canceled. That, for me, was the first major indication that our world was about to change. Shortly after, Florida state parks announced closures to overnight visitors. Like most other folks, we were grappling with the fear of an unknown virus and the canceling of every plan we’d made. Being on the road also meant we had to quickly find a home base that would work for us indefinitely.
On May 25, my birthday, George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. It rocked the nation and our van home. As a Black .... Continue Reading at Elevation Outdoors